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Conn. Man Sues Police After Three Mistaken Identity Arrests

MICHELLE TUCCITTO SULLO | May 12, 2016

Pedro Martinez of Bridgeport has the misfortune of having the same name as a wanted man out of Texas, a coincidence which allegedly led Bridgeport police to detain him three times.

Joshua Koskoff, Bridgeport's Koskoff Koskoff & Bieder

State Supreme Court to Hear Sandy Hook Lawsuit Nov. 14

By Robert Storace |

The Connecticut Supreme Court announced Wednesday that it will hear arguments en banc Nov. 14 for a lawsuit looking to hold gun makers liable for the 2012 Sandy Hook school shooting.

FILE - In this Tuesday, Aug. 19, 2014, file photo, a pedestrian walks past a sign for Aetna Inc., at the company headquarters in Hartford, Conn. Aetna reports financial results Thursday, Oct. 27, 2016. (AP Photo/Jessica Hill, File)

Aetna Slapped With Another Lawsuit Alleging Invasion of Privacy Against HIV Patients

By Robert Storace |

Aetna is facing its second prospective class action for alleging breaching the privacy of HIV patients.

Facing a Connecticut Reality: Your Plan Will Be Appealed

By THE EDITORIAL BOARD |

Connecticut Law Tribune Editorial Board

Mark Dubois

Unpaid Debt as a Disciplinary Violation

By Mark Dubois |

I was digesting some ethics decisions the other day and came across a perennial bugaboo for lawyers—getting grieved, and disciplined, for not paying bills. It seems wrong, kind of like debtors' prison or the old prejudice that owing money is a moral failing. But I'm a minority on this.

 Elizabeth Lee Beck, with Beck & Lee.

'The Cranky Lawyer' Raises Eyebrows, Even on Twitter

By Samantha Joseph |

In a profession where members treat every Facebook "like" or Twitter post as a potential spark for litigation, Beck is a provocateur straddling the line between First Amendment protections and the rules of attorney professionalism. She is the first to admit she rants. Often. And in public.

Attorneys Alexa Parr, left, and Sarah Mather

New Attorneys Beat Odds in Hartford Superior Court Victory

By Robert Storace |

Given a lawsuit that was almost tossed by their own firm, Alexa Parr and Sarah Mather thought they had little chance of victory in their first trial before a jury, especially since plaintiffs already lost all 32 slip-and-fall trials in Hartford Superior Court this year.

US. District Judge Alfred V. Covello

Former Bankruptcy Attorney Gets Prison for Embezzling Millions From Clients

By Robert Storace |

A former New Haven bankruptcy attorney, Peter Ressler was sentenced to more than five years in prison Friday for embezzling more than $3 million.

U.S. Supreme Court building.

SCOTUS Takes Up Microsoft Case on Email Privacy

By Tony Mauro |

In a case closely watched by the tech industry, the justices could unwind a Second Circuit decision that held data stored overseas is beyond the reach of U.S. law enforcement.

US. District Judge Alfred V. Covello

Former Bankruptcy Attorney Gets Prison for Embezzling Millions From Clients

By Robert Storace |

A federal judge sentenced a former New Haven bankruptcy attorney to 63 months in prison and three years’ probation Friday for embezzling millions of dollars from clients.

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Digital Currency Scammer's Penalty: $9.2 Million Plus Interest

By Amaris Elliott-Engel |

The founder of two virtual currency startups, GAW Miners and ZenMiner, has been ordered to pay a final judgment of $9.2 million, plus $743,000 in interest.

Baseball player and commentator Doug Glanville.

Baseball and Media Celebrity Recounts Lessons in Conn. Law

By Michael Marciano |

Doug Glanville’s life experiences have helped countless Americans open up about race relations and shared humanity, but perhaps less known are his frequent and significant intersections with the Connecticut legal community.

CIGNA and Benefit Manager Sued for Alleged Med Equipment Overcharges

By Kristen Rasmussen |

A Texas resident has filed a federal lawsuit against Connecticut-based Cigna Health and Life Insurance Co. and one of its pharmacy benefit managers, CareCentrix Inc., charging they conspired to drive up the consumer costs of home patient care and durable medical equipment.

Susan Filan

Susan Filan Talks Law, The Media and Legal Trends in 5 Questions

By Robert Storace |

Having grown up in a family of lawyers, Susan Filan learned at an early age about law and the impact it has on everyday citizens.

New York's District Attorney Cyrus Vance

Vance May 'Rethink' Attorney Donations Amid Weinstein, Trump Fallout

By Andrew Denney |

Amid harsh criticism over his decision to drop investigations against members of the Trump family and Hollywood mogul Harvey Weinstein, Manhattan District Attorney Cyrus Vance Jr. has said that he and his office may "rethink" accepting campaign donations from criminal defense attorneys.

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Woman Raped at Plaza Hotel by Saudi Prince's Helper Awarded $2.25M

By Jason Grant |

The judge noted that Second Circuit and New York state courts "have upheld large compensatory damage awards for sexual assault and rape victims, yet interestingly, such awards vary drastically—even where cases share similar facts.”

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Derby Man Settles Car Accident That Led to Surgery for $100,000

By Robert Storace |

Bruce Taylor's doctor assigned him a 25 percent physical impairment to his cervical spine following the accident.

Protesters rally in Manhattan on Sept. 9 against the Trump administration's decision to end a program protecting young immigrants from deportation.

Ending DACA Is Both Mean and Stupid

By The Editorial Board |

A month ago, President Donald Trump declared he is ending the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrival (DACA) program, instituted by President Barack Obama in 2012 after Congress failed to pass comprehensive immigration reform.

Equifax's headquarters in Atlanta.

Attorney Wants Conn. Equifax Cases Consolidated in California

By Robert Storace |

As the attorney involved in more than 20 lawsuits against Equifax for data breach, Kevin Sharp wants the cases consolidated and to be heard in California where he says the judges have a unique knowledge of data breach suits.

Andrew Garza, co-owner of Connecticut Trial Firm, in Glastonbury.

Woman Gets $200,000 Settlement From Two Separate Car Accidents

By Robert Storace |

Natalie Quagliani injured her neck, back and left shoulder after the car she was driving was rear-ended another motorist in 2014. About a year later, she was rear-ended again. She recently settled each case for $100,000, for a total settlement package of $200,000.

Donald Verrilli speaks at an access to justice event in D.C. in 2015.

Donald Verrilli Returns to SCOTUS in New Gay Rights Challenge

By Marcia Coyle |

Verrilli, now at Munger Tolles, is counsel for the challengers to a Mississippi law that allows religious objectors to refuse services to gay, lesbian and transgender individuals.

Joshua Koskoff, Bridgeport's Koskoff Koskoff & Bieder

Sandy Hook Families Seek To Have Entire Supreme Court Hear Case

By Robert Storace |

With the Supreme Court expected to hear the lawsuit by the Sandy Hook families against the makers of the AR-15 rifle in the next several months, the attorney for the families is seeking to have the hearing held en banc, or in front of the full contingent of seven justices.

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Advise Clients to Collect Money Owed by the State

By Connecticut Law Tribune Editorial Board |

A buried provision of the recent budget passed by both houses of the Legislature, and vetoed by the governor, provides authority for the state to modify any contract to which it is a party. Although one may suspect that it is intended to unilaterally abrogate labor agreements, it does not contain that limitation. The language reads in full:

Judge Patricia Millett of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the D.C. Circuit. (2014)..

Morning Coats and First Arguments: Female SCOTUS Lawyers on Breaking Barriers

For women who argue in the U.S. Supreme Court today, the clothes they wear are not much of a big deal. But when Deanne Maynard, co-chair of Morrison & Foerster’s Supreme Court and appellate practice, was a new lawyer in the U.S. solicitor general’s office, her appearance was an issue of the “highest” order.

Retired Justice Dennis G. Eveleigh, of the Connecticut Supreme Court.   ALM/Robert Storace

Q&A: Former Conn. Supreme Court Justice Eveleigh Talks Law and the Court

By Robert Storace |

As he sat in the Connecticut Supreme Court courtroom for the last time on Sept. 28, Justice Dennis Eveleigh joked the overflow crowd came for his send-off.

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Connecticut Hospitals Sue Anthem Over New Reimbursement Arrangement

By Robert Storace |

After it turned down a three-year contract agreement with Anthem Blue Cross and Blue Shield, Hartford HealthCare Corporation alleges Anthem retaliated by refusing to pay HHC directly for emergency care. Instead, the new policy calls on patients to get reimbursed and then make arrangements to pay HHC.

Kudos to Jepsen for Championing Dreamers

By Robert Stack |

We commend Connecticut’s Attorney General George Jepsen for swiftly joining a lawsuit to help Dreamers. The suit was brought by a coalition of attorneys general from 15 states and the District of Columbia.

Judge Maria Araujo Kahn,(left) and Judge Raheem L. Mullins,(right).

Kahn, Mullins Nominated to State Supreme Court

By Michael Marciano |

Gov. Dannel P. Malloy nominated two new justices to the Connecticut Supreme Court this week — appellate judges Maria Araujo Kahn of Cheshire and Raheem L. Mullins of Cromwell

U.S. District Judge Vanessa Bryant

Federal Judge: Attorney Has Until Nov. 3 to Amend WWE Complaint

By Robert Storace |

An attorney for dozens of former World Wrestling Entertainment wrestlers who are suing the company for alleged brain injuries has been given until Nov. 3 to file an amended complaint on behalf of Joseph “Road Warrior Animal” Laurinaitis, et al. U.S. District Judge Vanessa Bryant instructed Hingham, Massachusetts-based attorney Konstantine Kyros to be accurate and succinct in his filing on behalf of wrestlers who claim they suffered head injuries while working for WWE, leading to chronic traumatic encephalopathy, or CTE.

Attorney of the Year Josh Koskoff gets a hug from his wife, Darcy, after receiving the Connecticut Law Tribune's 2017 award for Attorney of the Year.

Scores of Law Pros Celebrate Professional Excellence Awards

By Michael Marciano |

Nearly 200 members of Connecticut's legal community were out in downtown Hartford Tuesday night to receive awards for their work during the past year and to celebrate the field's rising stars, living legends and winning teams.

Equifax's headquarters in Atlanta.

Equifax Hit With Another Class Action Over Breach

By Robert Storace |

Equifax has been hit with another prospective class action lawsuit—this time in Connecticut—by a woman who claims the company’s massive data breach is an invasion of privacy that could lead to identity theft.

AR-15 rifles manufactured by Bushmaster Firearms

What Will It Take to Address Gun Control?

The debate over gun control in the United States has waxed and waned over the years. Each time there is a mass killing by gunmen in civilian settings, there is outrage—for what seems like 10 seconds.

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Day Pitney Nabs Private Equity, Finance Duo From Shipman & Goodwin

By Scott Flaherty |

The hiring of Peter Bilfield and Steven Gold bolsters the firm's private equity, finance and investment management practices.

Attorney General Jeff Sessions testifies before the Senate Intelligence Committee regarding the firing of FBI Director James Comey, and Sessions alleged meetings with Russian officials, on June 13, 2017.

Jeff Sessions Memo, Reversing Transgender Protections, Further Inflames Divisions

By Erin Mulvaney |

U.S. Attorney General Jeff Sessions is reversing the U.S. Justice Department's stance that transgender employees should be protected in the workplace, a move that clashes with federal appeals court decisions and another government agency's interpretation of civil rights laws.

Randy Evans and Shari Klevens, Dentons partners.

Protecting Against Unexpected Conflicts

By Randy Evans and Shari L. Klevens, Dentons US |

The risk of informal legal advice is that it generally is not subject to the conflict check procedures applied by many law firms. Yet conflict of interest claims can come from many sources, and not just where the attorney ignored the rules when representing a client during the course of a traditional attorney-client relationship.

Catherine Nietzel, left, and Jonathan Zellner, right, with Ryan Ryan Deluca in Stamford, CT.

Attorney's Gender Discrimination Suit Against Westport Police Thrown Out

By Robert Storace |

A federal judge has granted summary judgment in favor of the town of Westport and several Westport police officers in a suit by a local man who said he was improperly arrested on two occasions.

'Best' Law Firms for Women? Really?

By Vivia Chen |

I'd love to say that these lists signal an abundance of opportunities for women in law. But that's not how I see them. I find these lists confusing, if not misleading. And sad. 

Mark Dubois

Thing I Miss About My Profession

By MARK DUBOIS |

I miss being able to go down to the courthouse with your opponent to get a bit of pastoral advice from a friendly judge on a tricky dispute without filing a motion, filing a reply, scheduling a hearing and getting past the marshals with all your evidence.

Jeanne Kulac was severely injured after the motor scooter (right) she was riding was struck by a car in New Britain. Kulac recently settled the case for $185,000.

Scooter Driver Struck by SUV Settles for $185,000

By ROBERT STORACE |

The SUV hit the motorized scooter head-on after running a red light.

The house of Ken Krayeske's father-in-law, Pedro Bermudez, was hit with the remnants of the roof of another building during Hurricane Maria.

Conn. Attorneys Respond to Crisis in Puerto Rico

By By Michael Marciano |

Connecticut's legal community has been eager to assist fellow Americans in Puerto Rico who have experienced a humanitarian crisis since Hurricane Maria hit the island Sept. 20.

Lawyers in Opioid Suits Aim for MDL to Handle Dozens of Cases

By Amanda Bronstad |

As more governments across the nation sue dozens of drug companies to claw back money spent battling opioid addiction, one lawyer has moved to transfer all the cases into a single federal court.

Oops! Lawyers' Email Snafus Highlight Risks to Firms, Clients

By Katelyn Polantz |

Email may be essential for lawyers, but this week it felt like their worst enemy.

Connecticut Supreme Court in Hartford.

Conn. Supreme Court Grills State on Education Funding

By Robert Storace |

The hearing focused on a September 2016 ruling that said the state's funding formula is "irrational and unconstitutional" because it benefits suburban schools over their urban peers.

Patricia Reilly, partner at Murtha Cullina LLP

Teams Are Growing at Hartford Firms

By Suzanne Tullo |

Patricia Reilly has joined the Hartford firm Murtha Cullina as a partner and Day Pitney has hired six new associates.

Randy Evans and Shari Klevens, Dentons partners.

Beware: Partners and Associates May Be Responsible for Each Others' Ethics

By RANDY EVANS AND SHARI KLEVENS |

Most law firms operate within standard models for assignment and supervision of work. Partners and senior attorneys are assigned to delegate and supervise the work of junior associates. This is a model that typically works simply and well, without incident. However, not all attorneys focus on the fact that both the senior and junior attorneys may have obligations to observe, and to report, ethical obligations of the other.

Dan Beebe of Beebe & O'Neil in Norwich.

Bozrah Man Who Had Neck Surgery Following Accident Settles for $350,000

By ROBERT STORACE |

Attorneys for a Bozrah man have secured a $350,000 settlement following a car accident that caused injuries requiring neck and nerve surgery.

Robert Scheuer's crashed car

GM Looks to Consolidate Another Lawsuit Over Its Faulty Ignition Switches

By ROBERT STORACE |

Faced with another in a string of lawsuits claiming an ignition switch in one of its cars is dangerous and defective, General Motors is moving to transfer the case to the multidistrict litigation docket in the Southern District of New York.

U.S. Capitol building in Washington, D.C.

Law Prof to Senators: Trump Can't Pardon Himself

By Cogan Schneier |

A group of law professors testified before Congress on Tuesday on how to protect special counsel Robert Mueller from removal and separation of powers issues.

Calling All Contributing Authors

On Oct. 23, the Connecticut Law Tribune will publish its special section on land use law and we're seeking submissions from contributing authors.

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State-Subsidized Segregation in Connecticut

By EDITORIAL BOARD |

Although our governments no longer demand segregation, housing assistance continues to confine low-income people of color to the low opportunity areas of Connecticut.

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Trump Wants NFL Players Fired. It's Not That Simple

By Erin Mulvaney |

Employment attorneys say terminating a professional football player would come with a host of challenges.

Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg

Facebook Drops Stock Plan, Obviating Zuckerberg Testimony

By Tom McParland |

Facebook Inc. has scrapped a plan to reform its stock structure in a way that would have given Mark Zuckerberg more control over the company, avoiding a trial in a shareholder lawsuit that aimed to put the social network's CEO on the stand this week.

Gillette Slashes at Rival Schick in Razor Blade Patent Fight

By ROBERT STORACE |

Gillette claims Schick infringed its patent by designing blades that fit on its razors.

Harry Mazadoorian

The Best Solution for Disputes Is to Avoid Them Altogether

By HARRY N. MAZADOORIAN |

Rather than trying to resolve a conflict once it erupts—whether by traditional or alternative methods—the interests of all stakeholders are better served by trying to avoid the dispute in the first place.

Equifax's headquarters in Atlanta.

Businesses Begin Filing Class Actions Against Equifax

By Amanda Bronstad |

Consumers aren’t the only ones suing over the Equifax data breach: Small businesses, including a law firm and a credit union, want to recoup financial losses tied to the massive cyberattack.

Robert Adelman, with Adelman, Hirsch & Connors in Bridgeport.

GM Seeks to Throw Out $2.9 Million Conn. Jury Verdict

By ROBERT STORACE |

GM argued there is sufficient warning in its owner's manual about the possible dangers of letting children play inside a vehicle with the keys.

Robinson & Cole's Edward J. Heath, past chairman of the firm’s Pro Bono Committee, accepts the inaugural Founders’ Award from Priya Morganstern, Hartford director of the Pro Bono Partnership.

Robinson & Cole Honored for Pro Bono Partnership

The Pro Bono Partnership's Hartford Program recently presented Robinson & Cole with the partnership's inaugural Founders' Award during a 10th anniversary celebration hosted by the firm.

President Donald Trump during an executive order signing event.

The Importance of Dissent

By EDITORIAL BOARD |

Not long ago, there was a widely televised meeting of all President Trump's cabinet ministers and the highest-ranking staff of the White House. One by one they each heaped lavish praise and adulation on him as if he were some sort of "Supreme Leader." Some went so far as to express profound gratitude for the "blessings" associated with serving him. While an attitude of sheepish subservience might be expected in dictatorial regimes such as North Korea, it was disturbing at best to watch it on display within the upper echelons of the leadership in this country. Perhaps most troublesome is the total lack of regard for the importance of dissent.

Poland Spring Water Faces Copycat Class Action Lawsuit

By ROBERT STORACE |

The lawsuit, which seeks $5 million in damages, was filed in the same Connecticut court that 11 consumers filed their suit in last month.

Tim Gephart, Minnesota Lawyers Mutual Insurance

CDLA Holds Talks, Elections During Annual Spring Meeting

The Connecticut Defense Lawyers Association (CDLA) held its annual meeting recently at The Hartford Club, including noteworthy presentations and the election of a new slate of officers.

A vehicle (right) driven by Samuel Tolkin rear-ended a vehicle (left) driven by Joy Soares.

Bridgeport Woman Facing Future Surgery After Car Crash Settles for $300,000

By ROBERT STORACE |

Joy Soares was told she needed additional arthroscopic or regeneration surgery for her knee, otherwise she would be at greater risk for a knee replacement at an early age.

Left to right: Sara Stankus and Diane Rojas of Hinckley Allen, Norman Roos of Robinson & Cole and Kaitlin Humble of Hinckley Allen.

Connecticut Movers

By Suzanne Tullo |

New hires at Hinckley, Allen & Snyder and Robinson & Cole lawyer Norman Roos is elected to serve as treasurer for the American College of Mortgage Attorneys.

Mark Dubois

Time for Changes to Rule 5.4?

By MARK DUBOIS |

The myth that lawyers aren't running sophisticated business enterprises which look more like modern corporations than traditional law firms is just that—a myth.

Pfizer headquarters in New York City.

Pfizer Accuses J&J of Stifling Competition From Rival Drug

By Max Mitchell |

Pharmaceutical giant Pfizer has sued rival Johnson & Johnson over claims the company forced health care providers and insurers into exclusionary contracts aimed at blocking a competing autoimmune medication Pfizer recently introduced into the market.

Tesla Motors, located at 3500 Deer Creek in Palo Alto.

New Class Action Claims Tesla Steals License Info From Test-Driving Customers

By Cogan Schneier |

The lawsuit in California accuses Tesla of using information from customers' driver's licenses for marketing, without their consent or knowledge.

Connecticut Judge Thomas Moukawsher

Judge Rejects State's Push to Dismiss Schaghticoke Nation's $610M Suit

By ROBERT STORACE |

Judge Thomas Moukawsher found the nation cleared a three-pronged test to establish standing despite an internal feud between two factions claiming to represent the Schaghticokes.

Will Your Case Go to Trial? This Computer Program Might Know the Answer

By Jenna Greene |

Wondering whether a given lawsuit will go to trial? SettlementAnalytics unveiled a new tool to predict the likelihood. But some Big Law litigators are skeptical that all the intangibles that determine the course of litigation can be factored in.

Connecticut Judge Thomas Moukawsher

Schaghticoke Tribe Looks to Stop Rival Faction's $600M Lawsuit

By Robert Storace |

The Schaghticoke Indian Tribe said it "exclusively possesses, controls, and maintains title to the Schaghticoke reservation in Kent including the land and funds that are the subject matter of this lawsuit," not the Schaghticoke Tribal Nation.

Saif Nasser Mubarak Alameri.

Fatal Shooting of Law Student by Cop Warrants Federal Inquiry, Say Profs and Classmates

By KAREN SLOAN |

Classmates of an LL.M. student at Case Western Reserve University School of Law who was fatally shot by a police officer are calling for a federal inquiry into his death.

Friends are on vacation.

Conn. College Student Sues Snapchat, Tabloid Over Miami Spring Break Story

By Robert Storace |

The defamation and invasion of privacy suit is targeted at a story headlined "Sex, Drugs and Spring Break – College Students Descend on Miami to Party in Oceans of Booze and Haze of Pot Smoke."

Vanessa L. Bryant

Federal Labor Lawsuit Accuses LAZ of Failing to Pay Overtime

By Robert Storace |

The federal lawsuit filed claims LAZ regularly does not pay assistant managers overtime in violation of the Fair Labor Standards Act.

Drunken Bar Beating Leads to $157,395 Judgment

By ROBERT STORACE |

New Britain Superior Court Judge Lisa Kelly Morgan ordered a man and his son to pay $107,395 for their roll in the beating, and held the bar liable for $50,000.

(l-r) Austin Tighe, of counsel for Nix, Patterson & Roach in Austin, Texas and Schaghticoke Tribal Nation Chief Richard Velky. The two are pictured in the Hartford Superior Courtroom where a motion to dismiss the tribe's $610 million lawsuit against the state was held Thursday morning. Superior Court Judge Thomas Moukawsher took the motion to dismiss under advisement and will rule at a later date.

Judge Weighs Dismissal of Schaghticoke's $610M Lawsuit Against State

By Robert Storace |

The state made sovereign immunity and a lack of standing due to a dispute between two factions within the Schaghticoke its cornerstone argument for dismissal during a hearing Thursday.

New Jersey Supreme Court Justice Barry T. Albin.

Justices: Condo Association Can't Reset Clock on Construction Defect Claim

By Charles Toutant |

The New Jersey Supreme Court ruled Thursday that a condominium association can't restart the clock on the six-year statute of limitations for construction defects after acquiring a former rental property.

New Movers Making Their Mark

By Suzanne Tullo |

Megan Wade joins Taylor & Sexton as an associate while Zachary Kohl joins Szilagyi & Daly also as an associate.

In this Feb. 16, 1999 file photo, actor Jerry Orbach, right, and his double, Ed Murphy, talk on the set of “Law & Order” in New York (AP Photo/Lynsey Addario, File)

Law & Order premiered 27 years ago today

By CARLEY MEINERS |

Everyone’s favorite legal drama series “Law & Order” premiered on this date in 1990, according to History.com. The NBC show, created by Dick Wolf, has been one of the longest-running primetime dramas in TV history.

Reginald Dwayne Betts served prison time for carjacking and then became an author and an activist before entering Yale Law School.

A Classic Second-Chance Story

By EDITORIAL BOARD |

The Connecticut Bar Examining Committee temporarily denied admission to Reginald Dwayne Betts based on a prior felony conviction, pursuant to bar committee regulations that require a review in such situations. We believe that once the committee reviews the unparalleled array of Betts' post-conviction achievements, it will easily conclude that there is overwhelming evidence of good moral character and/or fitness to practice law.

Chadwick Boseman portrays a young Thurgood Marshall in the upcoming Hollywood film

Conn.-Based Hollywood Crime Film Spotlights Young Thurgood Marshall

By MICHAEL MARCIANO |

A 1940s Connecticut "Crime of the Century" courtroom drama, written by Connecticut attorney Michael Koskoff and exploring the rich personality of a young Thurgood Marshall, hits big screens nationwide next month.

Equifax Atlanta HQ.

For Equifax's Legal Team, Breach Likely To Bring Litigation Challenges, High Price Tag

By Jennifer Williams-Alvarez |

News of the breach is out, but the trouble has just begun for Equifax attorneys.

Equifax's headquarters in Atlanta.

Equifax's Latest Legal Nightmare Might Be This Chatbot

By Gabrielle Orum Hernández |

DoNotPay's latest chatbot release can help you sue Equifax for negligence in small-claims court. But what impact may it have on consumer protection?

Bridgeport Man Gets $350,000 After Car Crash

By Robert Storace |

Attorneys for a Bridgeport man who needed three shoulder surgeries following a 2011 car crash have reached a $350,000 settlement with Safeco Insurance.

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Woman With Lifelong Injuries From Car Crash Settles for $337,500

By Robert Storace |

Sarah Ruh's 1998 Oldsmobile was T-Boned by a 2009 Hyundai driven by Anya Browning in Woodbury in June 2014.

F. Paul Greene

The Equifax Breach: Why This One Is Different

By F. Paul Greene discusses the recent Equifax breach, including topics such as what is a breached organization's duty to notify its customers, and the role of risk assessment. He further explores what comes next. |

F. Paul Greene

Hartford Attorney Pleads Guilty to Evading $1.4M in Taxes

By ROBERT STORACE |

Donald J. McCarthy Jr. filed federal personal income tax returns from 1997-99, 2001, 2003 and 2008-11 but failed to pay the outstanding tax balances due those years.

Randy Evans and Shari Klevens, Dentons partners.

The Risks of Attorney Misstatements

By Randy Evans and Shari Klevens, Dentons US |

Courts may consider sanctions against other members of a law firm or association, particularly if the court believes that the misconduct was a byproduct of the way that firm typically practices.

Cantor Colburn Sues for $132,000 in Unpaid Legal Bills

By Robert Storace |

The law firm claims it performed 3.5 years of work for California-based On Demand Direct Response, which failed to pay multiple invoices.

5 Things to Know About the First Wave of Equifax Actions

By Amanda Bronstad |

With 143 million people potentially hit by Equifax Inc.'s data breach this week, there's no doubt there will lawsuits — a lot of them.

Kelly Reardon, a partner with The Reardon Law Firm in New London, Connecticut.

Fatal Medical Malpractice Case Ends in $2.6M Settlement

By Robert Storace |

Gary Wheelis died after doctors gave him his third blood thinner after surgery.

Incitement on Trial book cover. Book by Richard Ashby Wilson

UConn Law Professor's New Book Examines Hate Speech and Violence

Calls for revenge and references to past atrocities are most likely to lead participants to justify violence.

Tropical storm force wind speed probabilities- Hurricane Irma.

Weathering the Storm: Advice for Employers When Disaster Strikes

By Dove Burns |

The answer as to whether exempt employees need to be paid in the event of a closure lies in how long the closure lasts.

Connecticut Supreme Court in Hartford.

Supreme Overreach: High Court Has Broken Bloomberg Promise

By Harry Weller |

To ensure fundamental fairness and the integrity of the adversary process, the court made the Blumberg promise: It would not resolve cases based on unraised issues unless and until it provided "an opportunity for the parties to be heard by way of supplemental briefing."

DACA NYC protest

Connecticut Joins DACA Lawsuit

By Michael Marciano, Josefa Velasquez and B. Colby Hamilton |

Attorney General George Jepsen announced Wednesday that Connecticut is joining 14 other states and the District of Columbia in suing to invalidate President Donald Trump's decision to end the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program and to prohibit information gathered through the program to be used for immigration enforcement.

George Jepsen

The Hartford Dispensary Reaches $627K Settlement for Alleged Fraud

By Robert Storace |

The government claims The Hartford Dispensary made "repeated false representations" to federal and state authorities that the company had a medical director as required by law.

Joe Lieberman.

Brief for Lieberman Skewers PACER Overcharges

By Robert Storace |

Former U.S. Sen. Joseph Lieberman--the prime sponsor of the E-Government Act of 2002 -- filed an amicus brief supporting a summary judgment motion against the U.S. Department of Justice over fees it charges to access electronic court records.

State of Connecticut Superior Court Raymond E. Baldwin Courthouse in Middletown, Connecticut.

Partner Accused of Stealing $2M Moves to Dissolve Law Firm

By Robert Storace |

A filing claims it's no longer practical for the partners at McHugh, Chapman & Vargas to work together due to allegations of abuse.

Mark Dubois

The 'No-Fee' Fee Letter

By Mark Dubois |

The "no-fee" letter comes into play when a lawyer provides a service but doesn't charge a fee. By its very terms, the rule only applies to clients, but a "client" can be anyone who receives legal services from a lawyer.

Megan Bannigan, counsel for Debevoise & Plimpton.

A Q&A as Debevoise & Plimpton Readies for Conn. Supreme Court's Education Funding Hearing

By Robert Storace |

The case, "Connecticut Coalition for Justice in Education Funding v. Rell," garnered attention in last September when Superior Court Judge Thomas Moukawsher ruled the state's funding formula is "irrational and unconstitutional." The lawsuit was filed in 2005.

Beatriz Moran-Torres, left, Emily McDonough Souza and Lee Tiernan

New Hires at Hartford and Fairfield Firms

By Suzanne Tullo |

The following new hires were reported this week to the Connecticut Law Tribune.

Back row: Lawrence Klein, Gregory Lahr, Jovana Vuyovic, Matthew Mazzola and Daniel Bryer. Front row: Michael Bernstein, Peter Fabiankovic, Marc Haas, Cara Vecchione and Stephen Goldman.

Robinson & Cole Picks Up 12 Lawyers From Sedgwick

By Roy Strom |

Beleaguered midsized San Francisco firm Sedgwick's loss is Hartford-based Robinson & Cole's gain this week as 12 attorneys from the West Coast firm, including four partners, have relocated to the latter firm's New York and Miami offices.

Waterbury Sues Pharma Companies Over Prescription Drug Addiction

By Robert Storace |

Mayor Neil O'Leary met with leaders from more than 20 Connecticut municipalities to see if they're interested in joining the case.

Nurses Go to Court Over Mandated OT for PT Employees

By Robert Storace |

Five part-time nurses are turning to the courts in an attempt to force the state to pay them overtime whenever they're mandated to pick up extra work due to emergencies or staffing shortages.

Randy Evans and Shari Klevens, Dentons partners.

You Made a Mistake—Now What?

By Shari Klevens and Randy Evans |

Most attorneys instinctually try to fix a mistake. If the problem can't be fixed, the temptation is to either ignore it in hopes that it just goes away, or worse yet, fall on the sword for something that may not even constitute a recoverable claim for malpractice.

Connecticut Supreme Court.

State High Court to Hear Controversial Education Case

By ROBERT STORACE |

The Connecticut Supreme Court will hear oral arguments next month in a long-awaited case dealing with education-funding inequities between municipalities.

Instagram: The Next Frontier for Law Firm Branding

By Commentary by Alisha Marks Tischler |

Law firms intent on branding themselves around their community, culture and clients are missing an opportunity to tap into a base of users that's 700 million strong—and growing. Instagram's audience may skew younger, but the millennials of today are the clients (and employees) of tomorrow, making the platform fertile ground for building a brand online, writes Alisha Marks Tischler.

Attorney Zbigniew S. Rozbicki.

4-Year Suspension of Trash-Talking 73-Year-Old Lawyer Upheld

By ROBERT STORACE |

The Connecticut Supreme Court upheld a 73-year-old attorney's four-year suspension for trash talking about judges who ruled against him.

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Law Tribune's New Leaders for 2017 Announced

The Connecticut Law Tribune is pleased to announce its 2017 New Leaders in the Law, as chosen by outside nominations and internal review. There are 25 recipients of the New Leader award this year, hailing from law firms throughout the state and covering varied areas of the law, from litigation to criminal defense, probate and education law.

Charles Reed, managing partner of Loughlin Fitzgerald in Wallingford, Connecticut.

Man Who Lost Both Legs in Accident Loses Trial Against Metro-North

By ROBERT STORACE |

New Haven resident Omar Colon fell from the tower and was electrocuted after landing on power lines owned by Metro-North in March 2011.

CLT's 2017 Distinguished Leaders Announced

By MICHAEL MARCIANO |

The Connecticut Law Tribune is pleased to announce the winners of Distinguished Leader honors in the publication's annual Professional Excellence Awards. The following attorneys were nominated by their peers and selected by a panel to be this year's honorees, who will be celebrated at the annual Connecticut Legal Awards Dinner Oct. 3 at the Bond Room in Hartford:

Dana Hrelic, Alan Nevas, and Joshua Koskoff.

Attorney of the Year Finalists Announced

By MICHAEL MARCIANO |

The Connecticut Law Tribune today announces the finalists for Attorney of the Year for the publication's 2017 Professional Excellence Awards. The three finalists—Dana Hrelic, a partner at Horton, Dowd, Bartschi & Levesque; Josh Koskoff of Koskoff Koskoff & Bieber; and former U.S. District Judge Alan Nevas were chosen with the help of an outside panel, and the ultimate winner will be announced at the Law Tribune's Connecticut Legal Awards Dinner Oct. 3 at the Bond Room in Hartford.

Jeff Herman of Herman Law in Florida

Man Sues Boarding School Over Sexual Assault as Teen

By ROBERT STORACE |

The lawsuit, which seeks millions in damages, claims the Devereux Glenholme School should have known about the sexual abuse and stopped it.

It Just Got Much Harder to Overturn Insurance Arbitration Awards in Connecticut

By Steven A. Meyerowitz |

The Connecticut Supreme Court has issued a decision that makes it significantly more difficult for insurance companies or policyholders to persuade courts to overturn arbitration awards in insurance coverage disputes.

Family Settles for $200K After 'Black Box' Reveals Speeding Prior to Accident

By Robert Storace |

The settlement came after event data recorders showed one of the drivers was speeding moments before the collision.

Kelly Reardon, a partner with The Reardon Law Firm in New London, Connecticut.

J&J Hit With Another Lawsuit Related to Talcum Powder and Possible Ovarian Cancer Link

By ROBERT STORACE |

Citing studies dating back to the 1970s that link talcum powder with ovarian cancer, a federal lawsuit has been filed on behalf of a Connecticut woman who died from the disease, claiming Johnson & Johnson repeatedly refused to put a safety warning on its popular baby powder.

Mark Dubois

Connecticut and The Klan

By MARK DUBOIS |

Donald Trump rarely tells the truth, but he was correct when he said the Ku Klux Klan and its foes have been battling each other long before he became president. During the early years of the Klan's "Second Era" after World War I and until the 1930s, Connecticut was a surprisingly active venue for Klan activity. Connecticut membership during that era peaked at somewhere between 15,000 and 18,000.

Ryan Miller, a partner in Rosenberg, Miller, Hite & Morilla in Stratford, Connecticut.

Fall Inside Starbucks Leads to $240K Settlement

By ROBERT STORACE |

The woman slipped on a piece of cardboard on the floor that looked like a rug.

Law Tribune's Litigation Departments of the Year Announced

The Connecticut Law Tribune, as part of this year's Professional Excellence Awards program, has selected its Litigation Departments of the Year winners.

Connecticut Supreme Court.

Conn. Supreme Court Boosts Overtime Pay, Strikes 'Fluctuating' Workweek Rule

By ROBERT STORACE |

The justices said the fluctuating workweek method still could apply in other cases not involving retail employees, but that it would no longer be allowed when it came to the thousands of retail workers paid on commission.

Sean Stokes, RisCassi & Davis in Hartford, Connecticut.

Pro Bono Lawyer Secures $750K for Child Sex-Assault Victim

By By MICHAEL MARCIANO |

Counsel working pro bono for a 16-year-old girl sexually assaulted at a local public library when she was 7 have secured a $750,000 verdict against her attacker, who is serving a 17-year prison sentence.

Navigating Class Bias in Law Firm Hiring

By EDITORIAL BOARD |

A shared interest might create a preliminary affinity between the reviewer and the applicant that results in an interview.

The Statue of Liberty

Illegal Immigrants, by Definition, Are Not Law-Abiding US Citizens

By CHRIS POWELL |

Both sides in the immigration controversy are destroying the law in their own way.

Jeff Herman of Herman Law in Florida

Alleged Catholic School Sex Abuse Victim Sues Legion of Christ

By ROBERT STORACE |

The lawsuit claims the victim, identified only as John Doe, was first sexually assaulted at the now-defunct Immaculate Conception Apostolic School in New Hampshire.

U.S. Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit.

2nd Circuit Temporarily Stays Deportation of Father

By MICHAEL BOOTH |

The U.S. Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit on Thursday awarded an 11th-hour deportation reprieve to a Guatemalan native and married father of two young children living in Connecticut, who was less two hours from being deported.

Kari Olson of Murtha Cullina.

Connecticut Movers

By Suzanne Tullo |

Tribune Announces Lifetime Achievement Award Winners

Two Lifetime Achievement Award winners have been chosen by the Connecticut Law Tribune for this year's Professional Excellence Awards program: Peter Zarella and Morris Banks.

Bridgeport Attorney Indicted on Charges of Defrauding Clients

By Robert Storace |

Thomas Murtha, who was a partner and managing member of now-defunct Maher & Murtha in Bridgeport, is charged with fraudulently obtaining and converting hundreds of thousands of dollars from his victims – including former clients.

Don't Go Bare: E&O Insurance May Keep The Cold Away

By Sandra Stanfield, Jonathan Bechtel and Bruce Stanger |
Modern web network and internet telecommunication technology, big data storage and cloud computing computer service business concept: 3D render of the server room interior in datacenter in blue light

Big Data: Insurance Innovation and Regulation

By Ben V. Seessel |
John Dowd.

Trump Lawyer John Dowd Forwards Email Equating Confederate Leader With George Washington

By David Bario |

After President Donald Trump said there were “very fine people on both sides” of the violent clashes in Charlottesville, one of his top lawyers circulated an email equating Confederate general Robert E. Lee with George Washington and saying Black Lives Matter had been “totally infiltrated” by terrorists, The New York Times reported.

What Does It Mean to 'Execute' an Insured Contract?

By Michael Thompson and Robyn Gallagher, Wiggin and Dana |

Contractual liability exclusions are frequently found in commercial general liability policies.

Michael Jainchill, a partner for RisCassi & Davis in Hartford.

Wesleyan Professor Nets $125,000 Following Car Accident

By Robert Storace |

A Wesleyan University professor who was injured when a vehicle struck the driver's side of her car has been awarded $100,000 through arbitration.

Neo-Nazis, white supremecists and other alt-right factions scuffled with counter-demonstrators near Emancipation Park (Formerly

Big Law Responds to Trump's Charlottesville Protest Remarks

By Meghan Tribe |

In the days following the violent clashes between rival groups of protesters in Charlottesville, Virginia, that killed a 32-year-old legal assistant, some corporate executives have openly criticized President Donald Trump for his delay in condemning white supremacists. Some Big Law leaders have reacted to the president’s response.

Conn. Supreme Court: DCF Can't Mandate Vaccinations Over Parental Rights

By Robert Storace |

In finding vaccinations do not constitute medical treatment, the court said the cases of parents whose rights are not terminated have the authority to say whether their children are vaccinated.

Judge Grants Family of Girl Mauled by Neighbor's Dog $130,000

By ROBERT STORACE |

The girl needed plastic surgery to repair a large gash from her right eye to her cheek, to repair a hole in her forehead and a tear in her ear lobe.

Paul Vance

Waterbury Residents Settle for $195,000 After Rear-Ended by Drunk Driver

By Robert Storace |

Robert Card had stopped his Hyundai sedan at a red light in Waterbury when it was struck by a pickup truck driven by 29-year-old Justin Lebel, according to the 2016 lawsuit filed in Waterbury Superior Court.

Connecticut Hotchkiss School

Conn. Supreme Court Backs $41.8M Award for Student Infected by Tick

By B. COLBY HAMILTON |

The court, in response to questions from a federal appeals court, found "there was no compelling reason to create an exception in this case" for the generally understood obligation schools have to protect students.

Judgment Interest Is Capped at 10 Percent — No More, No Less

By JEREMY H. D'AMICO and MICHAEL A. D'AMICO |

The application of two statutes providing for interest over the post-judgment period cannot be applied such that the interest rate would exceed 10 percent.

Litchfield Superior Court

New Superior Courthouse Opens Aug. 25 in Torrington

By MICHAEL MARCIANO |

After years of planning and building, Connecticut's judicial branch has announced the new Litchfield District Superior Courthouse will open Aug. 25 in Torrington.

Michael C. Harrington

David vs. Goliath Battle Results in Step Forward for Open Government

By EDITORIAL BOARD |

Before this challenge, lawyers and clients have broadly used the privilege to make more things disappear than has David Copperfield, the famed illusionist.

John Cordani

Milk Producer Sues Dairy-Free Milk-Maker for Infringement

By Max Mitchell |

The complaint said TruMoon brings in more than $600 million annually, and brand awareness is at nearly 90 percent.

Connecticut Movers

By Suzanne Tullo |

Rhonda Tobin, a lawyer for Robinson & Cole, has been named one of the Top 250 Women in Litigation for 2017 by Benchmark Litigation.

Sterilization in Exchange for Jailhouse Leniency?

By EDITORIAL BOARD |

The American Civil Liberties Union of Tennessee called the order unconstitutional, saying judges should not play a role in a person's ability to procreate.

Court OKs Trust Fund Transfer During Beneficiary's Divorce

By CHARLES TOUTANT |

The contents were distributed by the trustees and placed in a new trust without the beneficiary's knowledge during his divorce.

Nationwide Reaches $5.5M Data Breach Settlement With 33 AGs

By B. Colby Hamilton |

The settlement came after the states claimed Nationwide and a subsidiary failed to apply a critical security patch to its network that could have protected it from the cyberattack.

U.S. District Judge Victor Bolden of Connecticut

Berkowitz, Trager & Trager Sued Over Opinion Tied to Bad $13M Loan

By TOM McPARLAND |

UCF I Trust 1 and a trustee claim the law firm misrepresented the ownership interest of the borrower, which enticed the trust to issue the loan.

Takata airbag components

Nissan Agrees to $98M Takata Air Bag Settlement

By P.J. D'Annunzio |

Nissan joins four other automakers that have agreed to settle claims by owners of vehicles with faulty Takata air bags.

Mark Dubois

No Shortage of Subjects to Cover

By MARK DUBOIS |

Many folks ask me how I manage to come up with subjects to write about. My response is I wish I had more time, because I could do this full time. In fact, there's really too much to cover every few weeks in just 750 words. Here's some of what has come in since my last column.

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Cop Shot by Dropped, Holstered Pistol Sues Gunmaker Sig Sauer

By Greg Land |

The officer is seeking $6 million in punitive and compensatory damages, and is demanding Sig Sauer recall the pistol or include a warning that the gun is not "drop safe" when a round is chambered.

State Supreme Court Ruling Preserves Government Immunity

By Robert Storace |

The panel ruled a man could not sue Plainfield after slipping on wet steps at the town's pool. The town pool was being rented out at the time.

Robinson & Cole's Tobin Among Benchmark's Top 250 Women

Benchmark Litigation has named Robinson & Cole lawyer Rhonda J. Tobin one of its Top 250 Women in Litigation for 2017.

Daniel Petroskey of the Law Office of Eugene DeFronzo in Waterbury, Connecticut.

Waterbury Man Settles Car Crash Lawsuit for $95,000

By Robert Storace |

Attorneys for a 35-year-old Waterbury man injured in a 2015 collision have settled for $95,000.

Who's Bringing Women's Health to the Table?

By THE EDITORIAL BOARD |

Last spring when the president and vice president met with members of the House Freedom Caucus, a group of conservative male lawmakers, to determine the fate of maternity coverage in health care plans, as photos made abundantly clear, women were not at the table.

Judge Rules Death Lawsuit Against Bristol Can Move Forward

By Robert Storace |

Using the limited identifiable person/imminent harm exception to governmental immunity, a state Superior Court judge ruled Wednesday that a lawsuit brought by the estate of a woman murdered by her husband may go forward against the Bristol Police Department.

Millions at Stake In Quarrel Over High Court Divorce Ruling

By Michael Marciano |

Connecticut matrimonial attorneys are at odds over a state Supreme Court ruling that some say arbitrarily broadens the scope of asset protection at the outset of divorce proceedings, and could further clog an overburdened court system with disputes over personal financial transactions.

Monte Frank Joins Pullman & Comley

Frank is the immediate past president of both the Connecticut Bar Association (CBA) and the New England Bar Association.

Examining the Boundaries Under Conn.'s Family Car Doctrine

By Jeremy H. D'Amico and Michael A. D'Amico |

The family car doctrine is a misnomer of sorts. It is not limited to those in consanguinity with the owner.

U.S. Supreme Court in Washington, D.C.

In Big Leap, SCOTUS Announces E-Filing Is Coming Soon

By Tony Mauro |

The U.S. Supreme Court announced Thursday that electronic filing of case documents will be required beginning on November 13 and virtually all new filings will be available free of cost to the public. The system will not be part of PACER, the longstanding operation used by lower federal courts, which charges for documents by the page.

Donald Trump with Douglas Wigdor of Wigdor LLP

Lawyer in Seth Rich Suit Insists Politics Played No Part in Fox, Trump Claims

By Miriam Rozen |

New York lawyer Douglas Wigdor, a backer of President Donald Trump in last year's election, said Wednesday he didn't let politics affect his decision to file a headline-grabbing lawsuit this week on behalf of Fox News commentator and private investigator Rod Wheeler.

Inflatable Pool Toy Fight Leaks Into Conn. Courtroom

By Robert Storace |

BigMouth Inc. filed suit Tuesday in U.S. district court in Connecticut claiming an inflatable pineapple float made by Kangaroo Manufacturing is strikingly similar.

California Attorney General Xavier Becerra

DC Circuit Twice Says Democratic State AGs Can Fight Trump

By Cogan Schneier |

Democratic state attorneys general scored two wins in D.C. Circuit Court in 24 hours allowing them to defend Obama-era health care and environment policies under threat from Republicans and the Trump administration.

Conn. Man Sues to Block Termination of Courtney Honda Franchise

By Robert Storace |

The auto manufacturer moved to cancel its franchise agreement after the owner was convicted of nine misdemeanors in two states.

Ocean State Job Lot Socked With 2nd 'Gray Market' Battery Suit

By Robert Storace |

The prospective class action lawsuit comes on the heels of a separate suit Duracell filed against the discount chain.

'Aspen' Trademark Leads to Patent Troll Lawsuit

By Robert Storace |

At issue are "Aspen" handbags sold by Vincent Camuto under the "Lucky" brand, which Aspen Licensing claims is a violation of its trademarks.

Redesigned Supreme Court website.

Updated SCOTUS Website Gets Mixed Reviews

By Tony Mauro |

The Supreme Court's re-launched site is more mobile-friendly but leaves serious court watchers itching for digital updates that are more than cosmetic.

Sarah Cormier's car after it was struck by a car driven by Sheikh Ilyas. Cormier recently settled with Ilyas and another driver involved in the accident for $200,000.

Woman in Parked Car Gets $200,000 After Accident

By ROBERT STORACE |

The woman, who was parked along the side of the street, suffered injuries to her face and knee after a vehicle involved in a separate crash veered into her.

Fatal Car Accident Nets $5.3 Million Settlement for Family

By Robert Storace |

The estate of a 74-year-old New York man killed instantly in a head-on collision in North Canaan has settled a case for $5.3 million.

The State Capitol in Hartford, Connecticut.

Shame on Legislature, Rich Towns for Promoting Housing Segregation

By THE EDITORIAL BOARD |

By obstructing access to funding for anyone living in a "redlined" area, choices for health care, education, retail, banking and groceries are severely limited, stifling the livelihoods and pursuits of an entire group of people.

Amicus Groups Try to Sway Conn. Supreme Court in Sandy Hook Hearing

By ROBERT STORACE |

As the Connecticut Supreme Court prepares to hear a case pitting families who lost loved ones in the Sandy Hook shooting against gun manufacturers Remington and Bushmaster, a variety of groups have staked out sides in amicus briefs in an attempt to sway the decision.

Trantolo & Trantolo MDA Ride and Concert event

Trantolo & Trantolo Hosts 3rd Annual Ride and Concert for MDA

The Trantolo & Trantolo personal injury firm co-sponsored the third annual Ride and Concert July 9, raising nearly $200,000 for the Muscular Dystrophy Association of Connecticut and bringing total donations to more than $450,000 to date.

Police at the home on Dogwood Drive, in Easton, Conn. where Gonzalo Guizan was shot and killed by police during a raid on May 18th, 2008.

Swatting Is a Crime—And Rightly So

By THE EDITORIAL BOARD |

"Swatting" has a new meaning, which made its way into the Oxford Dictionaries a few years ago: "The action or practice of making a hoax call to the emergency services in an attempt to bring about the dispatch of a large number of armed police officers to a particular address."

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Solar Energy vs. Farmland Pits Green Against Green

By THE EDITORIAL BOARD |

An unfortunate kerfuffle has risen between those wanting to preserve prime agricultural land — some of it lying fallow in Connecticut's moribund farming economy — and another constituency also on the green side of things seeking more renewable energy through photovoltaics.

Andrew Groher, an owner of RisCassi & Davis in Hartford, Connecticut.

Man Hit by Speeding Car Settles for $1.37M

By ROBERT STORACE |

Nicholas Jacuby suffered permanent leg injuries after his own car was broadsided in the accident.

Aaron Romano is the owner of Aaron J. Romano, P.C. Attorneys at Law in Bloomfield, CT

Expert in Marijuana Legalization Talks Cannabis

By Robert Storace |

Aaron Romano has fought for advocates like the National Organization of the Reform of Marijuana Law to broaden access to cannabis.

U.S. District Judge Victor Bolden of Connecticut

Woman Claims She Was Fired to Boost Benefits for Firm's Partners

By ROBERT STORACE |

The lawsuit claims she was intentionally fired weeks before she became vested in the firm's ERISA plan.

San Francisco 49ers cheerleaders (AP Photo/Marcio Jose Sanchez)

Cheerleaders Fail to Score With Billion-Dollar Lawsuit Against NFL

By Katheryn Hayes Tucker |

The NFL has shut down its cheerleaders' lawsuit over their skimpy paychecks.

Former Executive Sues for Gender and Age Discrimination

By ROBERT STORACE |

A former top executive at Noble Americas Corp. terminated in January has sued the Stamford-based company, claiming she faced gender and age discrimination, retaliation and verbal abuse.

Ndidi Moses of the Connecticut Bar Association

Diversity Is Key, CBA's New Leaders Say

By MICHAEL MARCIANO |

While diversity and inclusiveness are not new concepts to the Connecticut Bar Association, newly elected officers of the tightly knit group are lauding recent strides the organization has made, including electing four women officers out of the total seven this year, with women of color assuming the presidential and vice presidential roles.

Trademark Suit Brewing Over 'Vidalia Chop Wizard' Mark

By ROBERT STORACE |

The marketing company that owns the trademark rights to the "Chop Wizard" and "Vidalia Chop Wizard" is suing a competitor for marketing and selling the "Vidalia Chopper Pro."

The Legacy of 'In Re: Gault,' 50 Years On

By THE EDITORIAL BOARD |

Fifty years ago on May 15, the U.S. Supreme Court issued the landmark decision of In Re: Gault. Connecticut's commitment to juvenile justice has given us hope that the legacy of Gault will continue to be honored for another 50 years.

Connecticut Gov. Dannel Malloy announced a number of criminal law reform proposals on Nov. 6 at a Connecticut Law Review symposium at the University of Connecticut School of Law.

Our Message to the General Assembly: Do Not Override Governor's Affordable Housing Veto

By THE EDITORIAL BOARD |

Substitute House Bill 6880 is the product of raw politics and communities that are willing to lobby heavily to keep out people of even modest means and instead allow only expensive homes that pay more in taxes.

Duracell Sues Retailer for Trademark Infringement

By ROBERT STORACE |

Duracell claims Ocean State is selling and marketing infringing "grey market" batteries meant for sale in foreign countries.

Manny Cicchiello of the Hartford law firm Cicchiello & Cicchiello.

Former Wells Fargo Employee Claims He Was Fired for Talking Ethics

By ROBERT STORACE |

A former district manager claims he was fired in retaliation for discussing with employees a separate scandal hitting the bank.

Melissa A. Federico of Murtha Cullina

Melissa Federico Joins Board of Lawyers for Children America

Melissa A. Federico of Hartford's Murtha Cullina has been elected to the board of directors of Lawyers for Children America.

Jared M. Alfin, a partner with Hassett & George.

Jared M. Alfin Named Partner at Hassett & George

Jared M. Alfin has been named a partner at Simsbury-based Hassett & George. Alfin has been practicing since 2004.

Diane Whitney

Science and Evidence: The Future Is Now

By Diane W. Whitney |

If a manufacturer of a product knows that the product will, or could, cause harm to people with a genetic sensitivity to it, must it issue a warning? That question opens up a whole panoply of concerns.

Calling All Contributing Authors

On Aug. 21, the Connecticut Law Tribune will publish its special section on insurance law and we're seeking submissions from contributing authors.

Randy Evans and Shari Klevens, Dentons partners.

Avoiding Minefields of Risks as Replacement Counsel

By J. Randolph Evans and Shari L. Klevens, Dentons US |

"If the statute of limitation has expired in a plaintiff's personal injury case and there are no other options, new counsel may compound the error by attempting solutions that have no chance of success."

L-R John Cerrata and Jennifer Shukla.

Navigating Recent Changes to Connecticut Design Law

By Jennifer Shukla and John Cerreta, Day Pitney |

The Bifolck and Izzarelli opinions explain that, in virtually all design defect cases, Connecticut courts must apply the risk-utility test, previously known as the modified consumer expectations test, to determine whether a product is unreasonably dangerous.

Danbury Housing Discrimination Suit Ends in $50,000 Settlement

By ROBERT STORACE |

The Connecticut Fair Housing Center notched a $50,000 settlement against a landlord and a real estate agent accused of not allowing a tenant to pay some of her rent with a federal Housing Choice Voucher, also known as Section 8.

Settling Ashley Madison Data Breach Lawsuit Was Likely 'Inevitable'

By Ed Silverstein |

Experts say that the settlement, announced for $11.2 million earlier this month, made sense for all parties involved.

Support Fair Wage for Connecticut Judges

By THE EDITORIAL BOARD |

Our judges are underpaid in terms of their peers across the country. The General Assembly voted these raises four years ago. It is right that the promise should be kept, and the judicial unions should support it.

Former Conn. Attorney Sentenced to 30 Months for Role in Scheme

By By ROBERT STORACE |

A former Bridgeport-based attorney has been sentenced in U.S. District Court to 30 months in prison followed by three years of supervised release for his part in a long-running fraud scheme that targeted distressed homeowners throughout Connecticut.

U.S. District Court for the District of Connecticut in New Haven.

Parents of Toddler Sue Manufacturer After Son Ingests Lamp Fuel Oil

By ROBERT STORACE |

The parents of a 2-year-old Fairfield boy who ingested clear liquid lamp fuel oil have sued the manufacturer, claiming the company should have known its merchandise could be misconstrued as a container of water.

Man Sues Police Officer After Collision

By ROBERT STORACE |

A New Haven man injured after a North Haven police officer struck his motor scooter while in high pursuit of another vehicle has filed a lawsuit against the officer and the town.

Being Prepared Can Save Attorneys Major Headaches in the Long Run

By Suzanne B. Sutton, Cohen and Wolf |

My daughter recently graduated high school. She is off to college in a couple of months, and I am setting up a cot at my Cohen and Wolf office, where I will be working the rest of my life to pay her tuition. She may want to be a doctor. Can I bill in the afterlife?

Himzija Selimovic was seriously injured in this January 2014 accident in Hartford.

Hartford Man Gets $425,000 in Freak Car Accident

By ROBERT STORACE |

A 54-year-old Hartford man who was the victim of a freak accident in which a van tumbled onto his car has settled his lawsuit for $425,000.

SOS Inmate-Run Program Impresses

By THE EDITORIAL BOARD |

While our corrections system has a large number of credible outside agency prison programs assisting inmates to a smoother transition into the community, it is an inmate-created program that is raising eyebrows across the state.

Number of LSAT Test-Takers Surges. Is It a Trump Bump?

By KAREN SLOAN |

The hoped-for law school “Trump Bump” might actually have legs. The number of people who took the Law School Admission Test in June climbed nearly 20 percent over last year—the largest percentage increase for any individual LSAT administration since September 2009. (Legal education observers will remember that the 2010-11 academic year was the high-water mark for national law school enrollment before a steady, six-year decline.)

Texas attorney Austin Tighe

Texas Attorney Going to Bat for Conn. Native American Tribe

By ROBERT STORACE |

When noted Texas attorney Austin Tighe was sought to represent the Schaghticoke Tribal Nation in the tribe's $610 million lawsuit against Connecticut, he said he jumped at the opportunity.

High-Profile Team Sues Trump Campaign, Alleging Role in DNC Hack

By Cogan Schneier |

A group of prominent lawyers is behind a new lawsuit filed Wednesday on behalf of Democratic donors against President Donald Trump and Roger Stone, who has advised Trump in an informal capacity.

Gillette razors

Are Law Firms Too Sophisticated for Their Own Good?

By Hugh A. Simons |

The dangerous path Big Law is headed down and what it has to do to change course.

Mark Dubois

Duty of Candor Can Make for Tricky Triangle

By MARK DUBOIS |

I recently had the privilege of working with two judges on different CLE programs, both dealing with the issue of candor to the tribunal. It's a sticky, tricky subject — both for the bench and the bar.

STP High Mileage Oil Treatment

Armor All/STP Says Competitor Stole 'High Mileage' Trademark

By ROBERT STORACE |

The Danbury-based Armor All/STP Products Co. has filed a federal trademark infringement and counterfeiting lawsuit against one of its competitors, claiming intentional misuse of the "High Mileage" phrase and logo.